Cataract surgery – Exeter, Devon

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Cataract Surgery

CataractA cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye that occurs naturally with age. Cataracts occasionally occur in younger people too. When the lens becomes cloudy, it blocks light entering your eye, making your vision blurry.

Fortunately, cataract surgery is relatively quick, straightforward and painless. And thanks to the advanced cataract surgery techniques used by Exeter Laser Eye Surgeons, we may be able to correct other vision problems at the same time.

Refractive cataract surgery

If you suffer from long sightedness, short sightedness or astigmatism, as well as cataracts, we may be able to help correct your focussing error during your cataract surgery. Your vision could be improved to such an extent that you see clearly for distance and near without glasses, and your need for glasses is minimal.

In a refractive cataract operation, the cloudy lens is replaced with a special ‘corrective’ intraocular lens (IOL) that changes the focusing point of your eye. Using IOLs that are customised to correct your unique focusing error, we can correct a wide range of vision imperfections, at the same time as removing your cataracts.

We use the very latest technology, including the Zeiss IOL Master 500, to painlessly measure your eyes in great detail before your cataract surgery. These highly detailed measurements allow us to custom-fit the right corrective lenses for you, improving your vision without glasses.

You may benefit from multifocal or Toric lenses to help with reading vision or correct astigmatism.

Cataract surgery is fast, straightforward and painless

Thanks to the advanced cataract surgery techniques used by Exeter Laser Eye Surgeons, you’ll enjoy a faster and safer cataract operation than ever before.

Cataract surgery is performed under local anaesthetic by our highly experienced eye surgeons, and only takes a few minutes. Your surgeon will use state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to safely remove the cataract from your eye. He will then carefully replace it with a clear artificial lens. The operation is completely painless, and will most likely be over before you
know it.

After your cataract surgery

After your cataract surgery, you’ll be able to go home almost straight away. You should see an improvement in your vision within the first few days, and you’ll be able to resume normal activities after a couple of days too. You’ll be given eye drops to use for about six weeks, which will help your eyes heal.

Your surgeon will only carry out cataract surgery on one eye at a time. If you need cataract surgery for both eyes, you’ll be able to have your second cataract operation after two to four weeks.

Risks associated with cataract surgery

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks with cataract surgery, but these risks must be balanced with the difficulties of living with cataracts. The most important risks to be aware of include infection, haemorrhage, inflammation and retinal detachment, but please be assured, any complications from cataract surgery are extremely rare.

'FLACS' Femto-Second Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

Femto-Second Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

Exeter Laser Eye Surgeons are pleased to announce that Mr Quinn and Mr Byles will offer laser cataract surgery from January 2015. The procedure will be performed in the operating theatre at our new, state of the art surgical facility at Exeter Eye, Admiral House, Exeter.

Femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery enhances the accuracy and safety of cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange, using a specialized femto-second laser to perform parts of the procedure, under direct surgeon control. The Ziemer Z8 laser, which we also use for Z-Lasik, is the most advanced laser for cataract surgery available. Made in Switzerland, it gives us unrivalled levels of precision and safety. It is the only laser that easily fits in the operating theatre, meaning that, unlike most other systems, you can have your laser cataract surgery in the same room as the rest of your cataract or refractive lens procedure. This laser is 1000 times faster than conventional lasers for cataract surgery and results in a much more precise, gentle procedure for the eye during surgery, with faster healing and the peace of mind that comes with a blade-free operation.

We are the first surgical facility in the South West to offer this procedure. Call on 01392431255 or 01392 495874 to book a consultation with Mr Quinn or Mr Byles.

All refractive cataract surgery will be referred to and carried out by Mr Quinn and Mr Byles under the auspices of  Exeter Eye (Consultant Eye Surgeons Partnership South West LLP).

Symfony Lens Implants

Mr Quinn and Mr Byles are now offering patients the AMO Technis Symfony intraocular lens for cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange. This lens implant replaces the cataract and gives an extended range of focus, often resulting in excellent distance, intermediate and reading vision. Symfony lens implants can correct astigmatism at the same time as other visual problems.

If you would like to discuss either of these procedures, contact us on 01392 431255 or 01392 495874 for a consultation with Mr Quinn or Mr Byles

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Take the first step towards clearer vision, and arrange your initial consultation with Mr Quinn or Mr Byles today. Contact us now to book your consultation.


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